Monday, April 11, 2011

Still chuggin' along....

Things are going smoothly and I'm not adding to my debt, but it still seems like it's only slowly going down. I wish for quicker progress, but I feel good that at least I'm not adding to it. I'm doing a pretty good job of watching my spending too, so that I have more to put toward the debt. Every bit helps...and I've been doing every survey opportunity that comes my way and that's paying off too. I'm really hoping to have this debt paid off by New Year's Eve so that I can start 2012 without this monkey on my back. I'm scrimping and saving every penny that I can to get this dead weight gone. I'll keep you all posted on how it's going, things are slow as I said, but steady. Hope you are all enjoying a nice spring, I sure wish the weather would improve here, I'm tired of all the rain. :(

Friday, April 1, 2011

2 steps forward, 1 step back is still progress....

but it sure slows it down. I have now received (2) checks from the ex each for $1,000, but I took my car in for minor routine service yesterday and came out with a new timing belt, all components to go with that and a new water pump!! $800! Crap! I know that it's still cheaper to maintain a car than it is to buy a new one, but when you are expecting a bill less than $100 and then find out it's $800, that kind of puts a kink in your day. I really shouldn't complain, I've had the car for 11 years and so far all I've had to do is replace the battery, front breaks and tires once. I'm sure it's been low on maintenance because I really don't drive much and I do take good care of it, so I just need to get over this little hiccup in my debt pay down plan, but darn it anyway!! My sister in law's birthday is today and we will be celebrating on Sunday. I have her present already for that and I know she's gonna love it. Even better, I didn't spend much on it. I picked out one of the items she wanted from Willow House and am making her some peanut brittle that she loves. Other than that, things have been relatively quiet around her. The first quarter of the year is over and while my debt total hasn't gone down as much as I had hoped, things are looking up that I will be making more progress soon. I finished the first quarter no further in debt than I started it even with some hefty expenses thrown in there, so I'm happy with that. I also brought in $2105.00 from survey income this first quarter!!! That definitely helped out with the car repair, Husky ticket renewal cost and the cost of my upper endoscopy. Let's hope I don't have any more large expenses this year and that the survey income continues to come in like this, along with more money from the ex. Happy April, no foolin'!